The breaks of the game
"Among the best books ever written on professional basketball." The Philadelphia Inquirer David Halberstam, best-selling author of THE FIFTIES and THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST, turns his keen reporter's eye on the sport of basketball -- the players and the coaches, the long road trips, what happens on court, in front of television cameras, and off-court, where no eyes have followed -- until now.
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The game was in Portland, the regular referees were on strike and the game was
being refereed by scab refs, men accustomed to handling high school games of
smaller, slower, less powerful players. In the third quarter, with the game close, ...
wards the referee. The referee had reached for his whistle, about to call the
second technical, which meant automatic ejection, just as Luke arrived. The
whistle was poised there in the ref s mouth, ready for blowing. Luke's hand
touched the ...
There at the sidelines, concentrating on the game, working the referees, he was a
wondrous magnet for opposition fans; they yelled at him more than they did his
players. Often their taunts were mean and personal and, in his early years as a ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing
This is an interesting topic for a book. Halberstam follows the 1979-1980 sad season of Portland, Oregon's basketball team, the Trailblazers. Interestingly enough, they had won the championship the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - foof2you - LibraryThing
A look at the 1979-1980 Portland Trail Blazers a must read for any sports fan, especially the NBA fan. Interesting to see what the salaries were back then compared to today. This a good read. Read full review